On August 11, 2011, it was reported that contact was lost with a new hypersonic plane under development from the US Air Force:
The project, under development by the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is designed to give the USA a "super-fast global strike capability," able to strike any point on the globe within an hour.
Why would the USA be developing such a platform, within its already vast arsenal of bunker-busting smart bombs, fuel-air explosives, ICBMs, a still enormous thermonuclear arsenal, stealth bombers, and on and on the list could go?
One answer lies in the tremendous speed, and relative size, of the weapon, and make no mistake, this is a weapon, and not just a weapons platform. If we can imagine the enormous damage of a kinetic impact of a small similarly sized rock striking the earth at 13,000 mph, imagine the damage of this, being guided inexorably to a target, and impacting with it at such speeds. This, I think, is exactly what the DARPA is up to: design of a fast-response, global strategic non-nuclear strategic strike capability, and, it should be additionally noted, a strategic first strike capability that is non-nuclear.
Fortunately, as the article points out, the weapon is in the first stages of development and the problem is controlling its re-entry trajectory and being able to guide it with sufficient accuracy. But let us suppose that these problems are ironed out and a kinetic-strike weapon is successfully developed. In effect, this would mean we have successfully developed a "controlled asteroid", a "cannon ball" that we're hurtling at 13,000mph at targets anywhere on the globe.
This would massively destabilize the geopolitical situation, and would only inevitably invite similar developments from other nations, threatened again with the prospect of a unipolar world around US hegemony. In short, we can expect Russia and China, if not India, Europe, and Brazil, to undertake similar developments. Once again, the USA is acting like an empire out of control, hell-bent to impose its will on the rest of the world, if necessary, through development of weapons that can only be considered terror weapons.
Now imagine such a weapon tipped, let's say, with an enormous FAE (fuel air explosive) warhead, and you have an almost perfect strategic weapon, and a non-nuclear one at that. We need to remind ourselves that other nations have developed, and tested, such weapons.
In short, it is no longer a uni-polar world, and it is high time our own elites recognize this fact. The American people have. It is only Washington and New York, that lag behind everyone else.